The historic spa town of Cheltenham is famous as the home of British jump racing, but it is a popular place to visit throughout the year
It’s Gold Cup day at the Cheltenham Festival, the shining jewel in jump racing’s crown, and four days of high-octane excitement have been played out on a stage framed by the breathtaking vista of the Cotswold Hills. But once the champagne has been drunk, the winners decided and the cameras moved on, the pretty spa town returns to normality, its fine regency terraces unencumbered by rowdy crowds of race goers.
Cheltenham is justly famous for its fabulous racecourse, and there are meets held there throughout the season that all provide a fun-filled day out. But the racing festival isn’t the only attraction the town has to offer. In fact, there’s also Cheltenham’s Literature Festival, Jazz Festival, Science Festival and Music Festival taking place, so there are events to look forward to all year round. And with its wealth of gorgeous architecture and the pretty maze-like Suffolks area that has tiny cafés, specialist shops and a continental feel, Cheltenham is the perfect place to spend a long weekend simply exploring.
Luxury bed and breakfast Hilden House makes an ideal base for whatever you choose to visit in Cheltenham. It’s walking distance from the racetrack, the town centre and attractions such as the Pittville Pump room and the Holst Museum and is also close to the picturesque northern part of the Cotswold Way. The recently renovated regency townhouse has 12 ensuite rooms offering a superior standard of bed and breakfast accommodation and every guest is given a warm Cheltenham welcome.